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In Reply to: Re: Should there be a code of ethics for BBQ promoters posted by csc bbq team on November 06, 2011 at 08:29:54:
Let me play devil's advocate for a moment. There's no issue with compensating a team for promotional purposes like "hey we've got the all time greatest team coming to our event" (I didn't mention any names so I wouldn't tick off anyone that I'd forgotten) on posters,ad copy and commercials. Everyone knows they're compensated in some fashion that just makes sense.
Now on the other side of that, what if you give a few teams free entry with instructions that they are to get on all the social media and pump it up, saying how great the event is, that they can't wait to go and how fabulous the promoter is? Knowingly lying through their teeth with nobody knowing they were paid to say what they've said.
Kind of like pumping up a poor stock with no intention of anything other than making money for themselves, or being at an auction with paid false bidders in the audience driving up the price with no thought or care of how it turns out for those that pay.
The promoter wins since he/she/they get many thousands of dollars, the few paid teams win as all they had to pay was product cost (or not if they get that as well) and all the non free teams foot the bill. Sweet deal right?
To me it's a tough question, one one hand, when there's this much money,time and effort put in so everything should be above board, up front and honest.
On the other hand, you did choose to go so it's on you right?
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